2019’s Rule 5 draft was a source of worry for many Padre fans this year, as the club faced a bit of a roster crunch due to its deep farm system.
Thursday’s draft came and went, though, and the San Diego front office was able to get away with only losing righty Trevor Megill, an admittedly promising 26-year-old righty reliever who was taken by the Cubs with the ninth pick of the draft’s major league round .
Megill will need to remain on Chicago’s roster for the entirety of 2020, or be offered back to the Padres. He has a big arm, as shown by his 12.70 strikeout rate from last year, but got stung by the longball while pitching in El Paso last year.
Besides being a talented pitcher, Trevor is also a good dude—he was nice enough to sit down with Gaslamp Ball for an interview during the 2019 season. Best of luck to him on finally getting a big league opportunity with Chicago.
Otherwise, San Diego lost RHP Deivy Mendez to the A’s in the third round of the draft’s Triple-A portion. Mendez is a probably non-prospect, as a 24-year-old who pitched to an over-4.00 ERA in A-ball last year. But, you never know.